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Documentary filmaking has become my passion. There is so much I’d like to share and this is such a dynamic medium for communication. Right now my prime interests are global education and entrepreneurship. I and my team at Broken Pencil Productions are always working on the next project so come back often and see what’s new. If you’d like us to let you know when we have new products sign up for our eNewsletter.

Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination

This groundbreaking, controversial documentary film takes an in-depth look at how students in the United States allocate their high school years (approximately four years or two million minutes) compared with India and China. The film forms a picture of the various levels of global education and addresses the implications of these differences on the 21st century global economy.


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Two Million Minutes: A Deeper Look at India

These films are follow-ups to 2MM Chapter 1. The students from the original film are interviewed a year later. They provide feedback on how well high school prepared them for college and their perceptions of the discrepancies among education in the U.S., India and China. You will also get an in-depth look at the curricula, teacher credentials and classroom experiences.


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Two Million Minutes: A Deeper Look at China

These films are follow-ups to 2MM Chapter 1. The students from the original film are interviewed a year later. They provide feedback on how well high school prepared them for college and their perceptions of the discrepancies among education in the U.S., India and China. You will also get an in-depth look at the curricula, teacher credentials and classroom experiences.


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Two Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution

For 25 years, report after report has shown that American students are falling further and further behind the rest of the world intellectually. As the American public school system fails to adapt to this century, schools in China and India produce four times the number of high school graduates as the U.S. and educate these students to a much higher level.


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A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine Education Reform

Whitney Tilson and Broken Pencil Productions present A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine Education Reform. Education reformer Whitney Tilson gives the most in-depth exploration of the achievement gap between America's minority students and their white peers ever committed to film. Tilson's presentation utilizes the most current data available to paint an unsettling portrait of America's public education system.


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China Wins

Virtually unknown in the West, entrepreneurship has exploded in China. China Wins follows the competitors in the largest, most lucrative business plan competition in the world -- broadcast on Chinese Communist TV. The TV show is a metaphor for an entrepreneurial surge in the most populace nation on Earth that is unprecedented in human history.


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The Finland Phenomenon

Finland’s education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in a new film, "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System". In the 60-minute film, Dr. Wagner guides the viewer through an inside look at the world’s finest secondary education system. A life-long educator and author of the best-selling book "The Global Achievement Gap," Dr. Wagner is uniquely qualified to explore and explain Finland’s success. From within classrooms and through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland's rank as the #1 education system in the world.


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